Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso (Starbucks Copycat)

An iced chocolate almond milk shaken espresso is one of the easiest Starbucks recipes to make at home! Freshly brewed espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) is shaken with chocolate malted milk powder and ice and then topped with unsweetened almond milk to create a delicious and frothy iced coffee.

close up of an iced chocolate almondmilk shaken espresso in a jar with a glass straw. The shaken espresso is sitting on a wooden board on top of a blue and white checkered napkin which is surrounded by hydrangea flowers.

If you’re like me, iced coffee drinks are a must when the weather is warm. This chocolate almond milk shaken espresso recipe is easy to make and oh so delicious. If you’re a fan of the Starbucks shaken espresso drinks or iced mochas, this recipe will be right up your alley!

Another reason to love this recipe is that making your own iced coffees at home is a great way to save money and still enjoy a high-quality specialty coffee. 

WHAT IS SHAKEN ESPRESSO?

A shaken espresso is a popular summertime beverage at Starbucks that is based on the popular Italian iced espresso drink called a shakerato. 

The general process for making shaken espresso is to add hot espresso, sugar or simple syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker and shake until combined and cold.

Most shaken espresso drinks in the US are then topped with some type of milk.

TELL ME ABOUT THIS SHAKEN ESPRESSO RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy. Measure, shake, and enjoy!

Flavor: An iced chocolate almond milk shaken espresso tastes similar to an iced mocha.

Time: It will take you less than 5 minutes to prepare your Starbucks chocolate almond milk shaken espresso copycat recipe at home! Note: this assumes your espresso or coffee is already brewed as brew methods and timing can vary widely based on what equipment you use.

ingredients needed to make an iced chocolate almondmilk shaken espresso at home.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • Chocolate Malted Milk Powder (aka Chocolate Malt Powder)
  • Espresso -or- Strongly Brewed Coffee 
  • Ice
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE AN ICED CHOCOLATE ALMOND MILK SHAKEN ESPRESSO

  1. Add chocolate malt powder and hot espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) to a mason jar and stir to combine.
  2. Fill the jar about half full with ice, tightly secure the lid, and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds until the coffee feels cold and looks frothy.
  3. Remove the lid and top with unsweetened almond milk.
  4. Add a straw, stir to combine, and enjoy!
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EXPERT TIPS

Don’t have chocolate malted milk powder? There is another option! The 3 Tablespoons of chocolate malted milk powder can be replaced with: 1 Tablespoon of malt powder, 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar.

Malt powder is NOT considered gluten free or vegan. Because malted milk powder is a key ingredient in a Starbucks chocolate almond milk shaken espresso, this is not a recipe that can be altered to be gluten free or vegan. Since malt powder is made with malted barley, it is not considered gluten free. Malted milk powder also contains milk, meaning it is not considered vegan or dairy free.

The best almond milk brands to use in this shaken espresso recipe. You might be wondering which almond milk is best for this easy coffee recipe. I’ve taste-tested a wide variety of unsweetened almond milks, and the ones I would recommend using are: Califia Farms Almondmilk, Pacific Foods Almond Plant-Based Beverage, or Almond Breeze Almondmilk. However, if there are other brands in your local grocery store, or store brands that you’re interested in, give them a try to find what you like best!

close up of an iced chocolate almondmilk shaken espresso in a jar with a glass straw. The shaken espresso is sitting on a wooden board on top of a blue and white checkered napkin which is surrounded by hydrangea flowers.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Moka Pot -OR- Espresso Machine -OR- Coffee Maker

Measuring Spoons

Liquid Measuring Cup

16oz Wide-Mouth Mason Jar + Lid

Reusable Straws

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close up of an iced chocolate almondmilk shaken espresso in a jar with a glass straw. The shaken espresso is sitting on a wooden board on top of a blue and white checkered napkin which is surrounded by hydrangea flowers.

Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso (Starbucks Copycat)

Meredith
This chocolate almond milk shaken espresso recipe is easy to make and oh so delicious. If you’re a fan of the Starbucks shaken espresso drinks or iced mochas, this recipe will be right up your alley!
4.75 from 4 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 84 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoon chocolate malted milk powder*
  • C espresso (or strongly brewed coffee)
  • ice cubes
  • ¼-1/2 C unsweetened almond milk

Instructions
 

  • Add chocolate malt powder and hot espresso (or strongly brewed coffee) to a mason jar and stir to combine.
  • Fill the jar about half full with ice, tightly secure the lid, and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds until the coffee feels cold and looks frothy.
  • Remove the lid and top with unsweetened almond milk.
  • Add a straw, stir to combine, and enjoy!

Notes

*If you do not have chocolate malt powder, you can substitute the 3 Tablespoons outlined in this recipe with: 1 Tablespoon of malt powder, 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar.
 
*Note: for those with dietary restrictions, malt powder is NOT considered gluten free or vegan. 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 193mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. David says

    5 stars
    This one is pretty good! Comes together quick and tastes great.

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for trying my recipe 🙂